Packaging Automation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Packaging Automation Market is segmented by Product Type (Filling, Labelling, Decorating, and Coding, Case Handling, Bottling Line, Palletizing, Wrapping & Bundling, and Other Product Types), End-user Industry (Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Industrial, & Chemicals and Other End-user Industries), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Packaging Automation Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.7 %
Packaging Automation Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The packaging automation market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% over the forecast period (2021-2026). Over the last few decades, production lines across the world have undergone a significant transformation, with the advent of automation and robotics. High levels of competition and growing focus on reducing the turnaround time have prompted manufacturers across the world toward automation, in a bid to retain high levels throughput and efficiency.

  • The industries are focusing on gaining a higher cost realization by achieving higher efficiency and cost reduction in the overall operation. Labor wage is one of the large chunks of expense for any manufacturer. The trend toward less staff per line has been driving the need for intuitive control units, such as Human & Machines (HMI), to Interact with multi-touch. Hence, by adopting packaging automation systems, manufacturers gain efficient and cost-effective packaging solutions.
  • Companies are now adopting industry 4.0, and it is coupling with the rise in need for supply chain integration. Manufacturers are moving toward packaging automation solutions due to their ability to interact with the stakeholders and the optimization of complicated logistics schedules.
  • Further, motion control being used in packaging processes have been traditionally mechanical, tasks such as palletizing rely on the hydraulics and pneumatic to operation. However, with the advent of automated robotic palletizer, manufacturers can achieve greater productivity by allowing machines to synchronize seamlessly. Additionally, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) provide a noise-free and inexpensive method of motion control.
  • Also, HMI interfaces such as speech recognition, motion sensors, and other similar peripheral devices allow the exchange of factor data through SCADA software solutions enabling the operators to get instant access to HMI information and remotely monitor the production. These instances improve the efficiency of packaging processes and are expected to drive the growth of the market.
  • However, the advantages of adopting the packaging automation systems are significant and driving the market, but the requirement of higher initial capital is restricting smaller organizations for its adoption. Further, amidst the pandemic.

Scope of the Report

Packaging Automation refers to the procedure of packaging a product without the need for human assistance. Packaging Automation applications range from individual equipment to complete packaging lines. The study's scope for the packaging automation market is limited to hardware solutions for different applications in a wide range of industries globally. Software solutions and after-sales servicing are not considered for market estimation.

By Product Type
Labelling, Decorating, and Coding
Case Handling
Bottling Line
Wrapping and Bundling
Other Product Types
By End-user Industry
Personal Care, Cosmetics, and Toiletries
Industrial and Chemicals
Other End-user Industries
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Pharmaceutical Industry to Show Significant Growth

  • The pharmaceutical industry is now investing more toward the packaging automation solutions to improve production efficiency. According to the Evolution of Automation, produced by PMMI, less than 50% of the pharmaceutical and medical device companies have inline integration. Hence, there is a huge opportunity for packaging automation vendors in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • A recent study by FDANews stated that around 80% of the deviations observed could be attributed to human error. Also, in the United States, 90% of the prescriptions have generic drugs, but only generates 28% of the revenue of the pharmaceutical revenue, resulting in an increasing demand for small batch production. With the packaging automation, consistent quality, even for small batch production, can be achieved.
  • The adoption of industry 4.0 in the pharmaceutical industry has shown significant growth. Its ability for continuous process control for all the operations, including packaging, provides analytical insights and helps in drawing quicker decisions where attention is needed and reduces human interventions.
  • Further, with the decreasing cost of robotics systems such as parallel robots, arms robots, the pharmaceutical companies are starting to accept the fiscal advantages of robotics components over the obsolete equipment as they offer automation with sustainability and flexibility.
  • According to the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association report in 2018, the filling and FFS type of pharmaceutical packaging machinery together covered more than 65% share.
Packaging Automation Market Key Trends

North America to Hold a Major Market Share

  • Due to the high penetration of packaging machinery in the region, North America accounts for a significant market share. The formation of the 'Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)' is an initiative undertaken by the United States to make the industry, universities, and the federal government invests in emerging technologies. This initiative has helped the country gain a competitive edge in the global economy by investing in packaging equipment used in the final line of production.
  • The country also boasts of a strong export base of packaging machinery, which has contributed to its growth. Companies, like Bosch Packaging Services, have expanded their businesses by investing in various packaging sectors, such as confectionery, bakery, fresh food, frozen food, and pharmaceutical.
  • Additionally, vendors in the region are leveraging sustainability to capture the market. For instance, In July 2019, Ranpak Automation announced the North American of EVO Cut'It. It is an automated packaging machine for product shipping and fulfillment companies that automatically reduces the carton size based on package content volume.
  • The increasing pace of competition forces manufacturers to reduce the costs of their packaging processes, thus opting for automation.
  • The labor wage is one of the largest expenses for any business. Also, in 2018, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the United States' minimum wage rose by 2.6%, the highest since 2008. Hence, the business organizations are pushed to comprise in its margin with the high competition in their market. The packaging automation enables the reduction in required labor hours for packaging and streamlines the process.
  • According to a survey conducted by Wind River Systems showcased that 90% of industry executives respondents in the US reported amidst the pandemic COVID-19, their ability to meet customer demand had been impacted. The survey further suggests that the companies are now aiming to modify their corporate strategies to counter the demand through automation, further considering the dearth in labor in the region is set to leverage the growth of the market going forward.
Packaging Automation Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The market concentration is high, as a significant share of the market lies with the major market players. Innovation in the market requires the developers to have a better understanding of the industrial process to deliver a suitable solution and also drives close collaboration among the stakeholders during the development and customization processes to suit the end-users' need.

  • March 2019 - Bosch launched the Pack 403. It is the first next-generation machine by the company. Bosch is a successor of Pack 401 and is a fully-automated horizontal flow wrapper for medium to high-speed wrapping. The Pack 403 is designed to produce up to 800 packages per minute at a film speed of 90 meters.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition​

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 High demand in key end-user markets

      2. 4.4.2 Ongoing technological developments

      3. 4.4.3 Impact of Safety Standards & Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 High costs and import duties pose a​ challenge for new customers

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the Packaging Machinery Industry ​



    1. 6.1 By Product Type

      1. 6.1.1 Filling

      2. 6.1.2 Labelling, Decorating, and Coding

      3. 6.1.3 Case Handling

      4. 6.1.4 Bottling Line

      5. 6.1.5 Palletizing

      6. 6.1.6 Wrapping and Bundling

      7. 6.1.7 Other Product Types

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Food

      2. 6.2.2 Beverage

      3. 6.2.3 Pharmaceutical

      4. 6.2.4 Personal Care, Cosmetics, and Toiletries

      5. 6.2.5 Industrial and Chemicals

      6. 6.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Market Overview & Impact of COVID-19 on FMCG industry ​

    2. 7.2 Market Breakdown – by Type (Overview, Forecasts, Trends & Key performing categories within each sub-segment)​

    3. 7.3 Market Segmentation – by Distribution (Overview, Trends & Market Outlook)​

    4. 7.4 Market Segmentation – by Geography (Overview, Trends, Analysis, Key brands & Market Outlook)​


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 Robert Bosch GmbH​

      2. 8.1.2 Coesia S.p.A.​

      3. 8.1.3 Krones Inc.​

      4. 8.1.4 Tetra Pak International S.A​

      5. 8.1.5 Graphic Packaging International, LLC​

      6. 8.1.6 I.M.A Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A​

      7. 8.1.7 MULTIVAC Group​

      8. 8.1.8 ABB Ltd

      9. 8.1.9 Ishida Co. Limited​

      10. 8.1.10 Sidel S.A.​

      11. 8.1.11 Marchesini Group S.p.A​

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Packaging Automation Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Packaging Automation Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Robert Bosch GmbH​, Coesia S.p.A.​, Krones Inc, Tetra Pak International S.A​, Graphic Packaging International, LLC​ are the major companies operating in Packaging Automation Market.

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